Ubud has been the center of art for Centuries, with the surrounding royal houses and temples as the main patrons. With heavy influence from expatriate artistes like Spies and Bonnet, paintings from Ubud adopted a wider use of materials like canvas, ink, acrylic, water color, etc. The inspiration does not limit to the use of materials, but also the art form, in which Balinese to paint not just mythological themes, but also everyday lives and scenery. These ideas then influenced some Ubud painters to experiment with new styles of painting, which shaped into the unique "Ubud Style" of painting. The development of the Young Artist School of painting is attributed to the Dutch artist Arie Smit, a Dutch soldier who served during the 2nd world war and decided to stay in Bali . In the early 1960s, he came across children in the village of Penestanan near Tjampuhan drawing on the sand. He encouraged these children to paint by providing them with paper and paints. Their paintings are characterized by "child-like" drawings and bright colors.